Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Our Exotic Get-Away

My Honey took me on a fancy trip. You know the kind....the suit-wearing husband jets off to an exotic (or at least warm) locale and brings the wife, along with the garment bag.

He's never done this before. Then again, he really doesn't travel very often. Especially to fancy-pants destinations like...

Louisville, Kentucky.

Seriously, friends, envy is a sin! Get ahold of yourselves!

All I know is, I'm here, in an unfamiliar city, and I'm kidless. It's a strange feeling...a very wayward, irresponsible feeling. In a good way. Five separate times today I momentarily thought I was in DC. No, there are no similarities among the two. It's a sensation I can't quite put into words. Suffice it to say, I don't often find myself kidless in the city, but when I do, it's typically DC.

I packed 2 books and a magazine. I couldn't get the internet to connect this morning and I didn't give a rip. I decided weeks ago that I would be as lazy as possible on this exotic get-away, and so far, so good.

Cory left our room this morning at 6 a.m. looking smoking hot in his new tie.

Which brings me to this: Who are the people who spend $50 on a tie at a department or men's store when there are equally dapper ties to be found at TJ Maxx for $8?

Should I ever strike it rich, I hereby do solemnly swear that I will continue to buy Cory's ties at TJ.


So, my day.

I woke up around 10 (fa rills), read for a while, then went down to the workout room.
(Everyone who knows me in real life is now howling with laughter, but just ignore them and they'll go away...)

I came back to the room and watched some of my favorite news channel (Have I ever told you that I secretly aspire to be a political talking head? Call me, Shep!)

I showered, grabbed lunch, then meandered the streets of downtown Lowllvoll.

I spent an hour in Borders and bought The Snowy Day for El Rubo and a spiral-bound reference guide on the 50 states for Little C. Both from the bargain section.

I read a magazine article on Fergie where she bragged about her fantastic marriage to Josh Duhamel and I felt bad for her.

I strolled into Starbucks looking for a lemon bar. The trendy, frat-boy barista called me "Ma'am" (note to self: practical shoes and laugh lines make for a woeful combination) and informed me that "we haven't had those for quite some time". I felt so uncool. I might as well have been wearing wide-legs in the age of peg-legs.

I opted instead to pick up a cup of fruit and a toffee nut cookie at Panera (that haven of familiarity) and head "home".

On the way, I paid window-shopping homage to the Colonel.

Back in the room, I... read some more. I told you, I'm the Queen of All Things Boring. One of these days you'll believe me.

The truth is - I like quiet. I like solitude. It fortifies me.

It is this very self-awareness that prompted me to change my personality from "extrovert" to "introvert" years ago. I had always assumed that since I enjoy public speaking, I must be an extrovert. Tweren't so. It took a while to change all of the necessary documentation and it cost an arm and a leg, but totally worth it.

I urge all of you to spend some time in careful consideration over your fundamental personality type. It's more important than knowing your blood type and your skin type. You can't imagine the freedom.

I have also come to learn, over the years, that I have a peculiar inability to stay on topic...I blame it on the disorienting effect of isolation-inducing introversion.

Say that 5 times fast.

Eventually, Cory grew weary of schmoozing and found his way back to me. Then he took me to dinner at Ray Parrella's Italian Cuisine. It was out-of-the-way and divey and divine. I would have happily dined soup-style on a bowl of marinara. (TMI?)

I almost ordered a slice of the Dreamsicle cake, to-go. Then I chickened out. Then we left and I regretted chickening out. Then we passed a dessert shop and I made Cory turn around. Then we went in and looked at the options and small-talked with the Girl, but nothing looked good. (I'm more of a pie girl than a cake girl and that's been the truth long before the extrovert-introvert conversion, so I have reason to believe that it's not going to change anytime soon.) I felt bad for not ordering anything, but my good sense told me that the Girl wouldn't hold it against me and we walked back out the door as cakeless as we had entered.

Tomorrow I have big plans to do a whole lot more of nothin'.

Wish me luck.


  1. I just have to say, I am sooo jealous of your lazy day! I would totally do the same thing! Enjoy the rest of your lazy days!

  2. : )

    Do you suppose that Shep's ties are from TJ's?

    Enjoy the rest of your "fancy trip!"

    Julie M.

    ps Rick Leventhal's a babe...pass it on.

  3. What a fun time. My dear hubby hasn't ever done that. Wow! Your hubby did good.
    Be sure to enter my giveaway going on over at my glory feathers blog. Hope your trip goes great.

  4. I love solitude at quiet too. I have to get up about 4am to get it. It's worth it to me.

    Your day sounds fantastic! Hope you have another equally fabulous day today.

  5. Your day sounds divine! Like you, I really enjoy my solitude and silence. It's how I recharge my battery.

    Enjoy Wednesday!

  6. Any trip without kids sounds exotic to me!!! Keep doing nothing while you can, before you know it it will be back to reality!

    Oh, and TJMaxx IS the best place for ties!

    :) T

  7. Just so you know... I am so jealous of your fancy pants locale. I could be Motel 6 by myself and be in heaven! Lucky you....
    Shep... my favorite news dude. Love him! I am still singing the praises that Colmes of Hannity and Colmes is no on my screen. Thank you very much.

  8. Oooh, fun times! I, as well have been put in my place at Starbucks - for me, it was over an oatmeal craisin cookie. And yes, I do love our Sheppy - especially when he's excited about what he's covering - he can't hide his enjoyment of a good California police chase. Have a fabulous remainder of your getaway. Oh, and I love your new banner photo. Nothing like beautiful, blurry Christmas bokeh.

  9. Sounds like a fabulous time. Although, I would be racking my brain of ways to get out of the hotel room and meet some people so I didn't have to be alone. I much more enjoy not being in solitude for any amount of time over 30 min. to and hour.

    Hope Louisville treats you well :) Enjoy your solitude and sleep LOTS! And seriously, they don't have lemon bar there??? What's up with that.

    P.S. I did not laugh one bit about you going to the workout room, I think it's great.

  10. you're in Louisville?!? You should visit my wife's uncle and his partner. I am sure you, he and Cory would have enjoyable political debates. ;-)

  11. Sounds like a great day to me! I always thought I was an extrovert, too, but one day I was talking to my dad (who is a pastor and really outgoing) and he said that he was an introvert because he "recharged his batteries" when he was alone. I think the older I get the more I recharge better alone (or with friends) rather than when I'm with a lot of people.

    Anyway, have fun!

  12. I was just in Marshalls, which I know is not in fact TJ Maxx, however i was just thinking the same thing about the ties, if the pool man wore them (which I don't know if he ever has) I would get them for $8.00 over 50.00 any day of the week! your vacation sounds superb...and I agree finding out your personality type and what makes you tick is way more important then knowing your blood type...because really that is a whole lot easier! Have a lovely day!
    P.S. love your new header...the brokeh is FAB!

  13. To be kidless ANYWHERE for a while sounds like an exotic get-away to me! Hope you have a great time and come home ready to bake some christmas goodies:)

  14. That sounds like the lovliest of days. I'd say you are one lucky Ma'am. The Snowy Day is one of the favored wintertime reads of this family going all the way back to the 70's! Hugs to you.

  15. You are so funny!!! I hope you enjoyed your alone time and I will hold you to TJ Max if you ever get filthy rich!!!!

  16. Tweren't. ?? I love your word usage!!1 ;-)

  17. Mmmmmmmmmmmm, I'm enjoying catching up on all of this as I lay across my bed in my swanky Hyatt Regency Robe, after eating my deliciuos cake the hotel delivered to this VIP.